Hornchurch driver jailed after crash killed Romford lollipop man

A Hornchurch driver who caused a horrific four-car pile-up in which a grandfather died has been jailed for three years and nine months.

Andrew Lee, 28, careered into a green Citroen Picasso driven by Jacqueline Danilovic causing it to spin, flip onto its side and travel 30 metres.

Mrs Danilovic’s 69-year-old husband Dusan, a lollipop man at Crowlands Primary School, in London Road, Romford, died in the smash at the Newbury Park junction in Ilford.

Mrs Danilovic and friend Malcolm Chambers were also seriously injured, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard

Prosecutor Catherine Farrelly said the couple had set out from their home to drop Mr Chalmers off at Newbury Park station.

She told Snaresbrook Crown Court the couple and the defendant were travelling on opposite sides of the A12 when Lee, of Osbourne Road, headed towards the filter lane where Mrs Danilovic was waiting.

She said Lee was travelling with three passengers.

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“Up to the point at which this defendant approached the vehicle of Mrs Danilovic, the evidence suggests that the defendant had been driving well in excess of the speed limit,” said Ms Farrelly.

The court heard the defendant “accelerated towards her” and as Mrs Danilovic was moving across the second of the three lanes, he “then began to swerve his vehicle to its left”.

The force of the impact with the Citreon Picasso caused its engine block and a tyre to come free from the vehicle.

Mr Danilovic was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mrs Danilovic and Mr Chalmers had multiple fractures. One of Lee’s passengers, Becky Linard, suffered shattered vertebrae in the crash.

Lee denied he had been speeding on the 40mph road, but an expert found that Lee’s speed would have between 50mph to 70mph at the time of the collision.

Lee admitted one count of causing death by dangerous driving and three of bodily harm by wilful misconduct against Mrs Danilovic, Mr Chalmers and Ms Linard.

He was jailed for three years and nine months for causing death with 12 months concurrent on each of the other charges.

Lee was also been disqualified from driving for the same amount of time and must take an extended driving test before he is allowed behind the wheel again.

Mr Danilovic leaves behind a wife, two daughters and a granddaughter.